Assistant or Associate Professor, Creative Producing for Film, tenure-track

Ryerson University, School of Image Arts
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 25, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, creative projects/initiatives resulting in project funding  and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in the Film Studies program such as Film Production and Business of Film. Teaching students in the upcoming program in Scriptwriting and Story Design (MFA) is an additional possibility. Supervising graduate students is expected. This position is also tied to a commitment to expanded pedagogy that will embed students more directly in the Canadian film industry through internships or other intensive professional experiences. We expect the candidate to play a key role in this endeavour. The position also includes serving on curricular and administrative committees. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the university’s shared governance model (committee participation, departmental planning and programming), develop co-curricular activities, and remain connected to a network of scholars and professionals that will benefit students intending to enter the field.


The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree such as an MFA.  A master’s degree in a related field with relevant professional experience will also be considered. In addition, the candidate must present evidence of the following:


  • extensive experience managing complex productions in fiction film and/or television series, including traditional and/or emerging forms of filmic media;
  • significant experience and background in story development for narrative scripted productions;
  • leadership experience in film producing or in related organizations and institutions;
  • experience in screenwriting or documentary film would be considered an asset;
  • deep connections with the Canadian and international film industries, with a record of active engagement with the film industry and professional organizations;
  • a well-defined agenda for ongoing projects and creative initiatives that will generate future project funding and gain  visibility and prominence in the discipline;
  • an ability to serve as a mentor and professional liaison for students;
  • potential for teaching excellence at a post-secondary institution as evidenced by experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, dedication to experiential learning, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards and/or other relevant achievements in teaching. Teaching experience outside the traditional academic environment will be considered. Curriculum development experience will be considered an asset, as will administrative academic experience in a leadership role.;
  • commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to collegial service, leadership and a desire to help shape the future direction of the School.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal:

 All applications received by January 15, 2021, will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

 The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of creative activities and/or research interests;
  • 2-3 examples of scholarly creative activity (g. links to films, book chapters, journal articles, etc) and links to films produced with a description of your role in the production;
  • a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. course evaluations)


Please provide the names, professional affiliations and contact information for three referees in the cover letter. Candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be contacted and letters of reference will be requested at that time. Please note that names of further references may be requested at a later stage in the selection process.


Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.